Utility of Hospital Admissions Data as a Supplement for Describing Levels of Domestic Violence

William V. Pelfrey, Jr., University of South Carolina

One of the key issues facing researchers of domestic violence is the significant under-reporting of these events. Several effots have been made to identify alternative data sources which describe the occurrence of domestic violence more accurately than crime reports (Rudman and Davey, 2000; Strom, 2000). This research proposes an analysis of hospital admission data, particularly data describing specific injury types, and a comparison of these findings with other data sets. Hospital data will be compared with UCR data and NCVS data to consider their utility as a proxy, or supplement to other data, for the occurrence of domestic violence.

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